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Resources for Health Authority Analysts

​This section is for health authority and hospital staff who use locally available data from the BC Perinatal Data Registry (PDR). The resources below are intended to help enhance your understanding of and ability to use these data for reporting and/or monitoring quality improvement. 

About PDR Data

To effectively use data for reporting and quality improvement, the first step is to have a strong understanding of the data collected. The PDR has a detailed Reference Manual that is used by the individuals who abstract data into the PDR. The manual includes details about the scope and content of the PDR.

The following sections of the PDR Reference Manual 2014 are especially helpful to those using PDR data for surveillance and reporting:

Section 1.2 provides details about the scope of data collection in the PDR. Consult previous versions of the manual for information on how this has changed over time.

  • The PDR is an event-based registry. Live births and stillbirths are defined in accordance with BC Vital Statistics. Stillbirth abstracting differs between the PDR and the Discharge Abstract Database. Appendix 10.7 (Adapted Case Scenarios for Registration of Births and Stillbirths in British Columbia) in the 2014 Reference Manual shows these differences.

Sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 provide the detailed abstracting instructions for each of the four suites collected in the PDR: Mother, Mother Postpartum, Baby Newborn, and Baby Transfer/Readmission. These sections provide information about the specific variables collected in the PDR. 

Appendix 9.4.2 (Alphabetic List of Fields) and Appendix 9.4.3 (Sorted by Entry Screen) will help you identify where variables are stored within the PDR. If you are interested in analyzing variables located on more than one table, Appendix 9.4.1 (Table Relationship Diagram) will illustrate how these tables need to be linked in order to relate to each other. 

Some variables in the PDR are represented by number codes (e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc.) or character codes (e.g. Y, N, P, etc.). If you are unsure what a code means, check the Field Values in Appendices 9.5.1 and 9.5.2.  

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